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FINNISH SAYING ABOUT ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN

MALE GOAT MADE DUNG IN THE WOODS AND GOOD PEOPLE
CLEANED OR CLEARED IT UP.
TRANSLATION OF:
PUKKI PASKAS KALLIOLLE JA HYOAT IHMISET KORIAS SEN.

Submitter comment: WHICH IS TO SAY THAT SOMEONE ELSE USUALLY HAS TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF
THE ILLEGITIMATE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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MACKEREL SKY

MACKEREL SKY, MACKEREL SKY,
NEVER LONG WET, NEVER LONG DRY.
MACKEREL SCALES AND MARES' TAILS
MAKE LOFTY SHIPS CARRY LOW SAILS.

Submitter comment: USED BY SEAFARING MEN ALONG THE NEW ENGLAND COAST.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): FISH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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TURN ME ON

THE EXPRESSION "TURN ME ON" USED TO HAVE SEXUAL OVERTONES, BUT
THROUGH YEARS OF USAGE IT HAS COME TO MEAN OTHERWISE. IF SOMETHING
"TURN ME ON." IT EXCITES ME OR INTERESTS ME SOME WAY. USED BY
ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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BITCHIN'

THE WORD BITCHIN' IS USED FREQUENTLY IN CALIFORNIA AND HAWII TO
EXPRESS EXTREME SATIFACTION OVER SOMETHING.

Submitter comment: E.G. "... A BITCHIN' RIDE" (ON A SURFBOARD)
"MAN, THAT'S BITCHIN'" ETC.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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HOG

A HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE IS TRADITIONALLY REFERRED TO AS A HOG.
THIS NAME DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE LOCALIZED AS I HAVE OBSEDVED IT IN
LANSING, DETROIT, HAWAII, ETC. MOSTLY USED BY THE MOTORCYCLE CROWD.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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THAT'S MY BAG

IF I WANTED TO SAY THAT SOMETHING WAS A SPECIALTY OF MINE OR OF
PARTICULAR INTEREST TO ME, I WOULD SAY "THAT'S MY BAG." THAT'S MY
BAG." USED BY ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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SPEECH

CAMPAIGN SLOGAN FOR A MAN RUNNING FOR COUNTY CORNER: "I'LL BE THE
LAST ONE TO LET YOU DOWN."

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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VOCABULARY

IN ST. CROIX, VIRIGIN ISLANDS, INSTEAD OF SAYING A WOMAN IS PREGANT,
THE PEASANTS WOULD SAY, "SHE IS MAKING A BABY."

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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SPEECH VARIATION OF BROWN - NOSE

SOMEONE WHO FAWNS OVER SOMEONE IN ORDER TO GET ON THAT PERSON'S GOOD
SIDE (ESPECIALLY A TEACHER) IS KNOWN AS A FANNY POLISHER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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GROUP SPEECH

IN THE JESUIT SEMINARY OF SEVERAL YEARS AGO, MANY LATIN WORDS OR
ENGLISH WORDS WITH STRONG LATIN INFLUENCE WERE REGULARLY USED IN
PLACE OF THEIR MORE COMMON ENGLISH EQUIVALENTS IN ENGLISH
CONVERSATON. UNDOUBTEDLY, THIS WAS DUE TO THE FACT THAT IT HAD ONLY
BEEN SEVERAL YEARS PRIOR TO THIS THAT LATIN CONVERSATTION HAD BEEN
DISCONTINUED AS A REQUIRED PRACTICE.
SOME OF THESE WORDS WERE:
REFECTORY - DINING ROOM.
REFECTORIAN - PERSON WHO TOOK CARE OF DINING ROOM.
LABORANDUM - WORK PERIOD.
TRICLINIUM - THE PLACE WHERE THE DISHES WERE WASHED.
AULA - RECREATION ROOM.
MANUDUCTOR - HEAD NOVICE.
BALNEATOR - PERSON WHO CLEANED THE SHOWERS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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GROUP SPEECH

IN A JESUIT SEMINARY, TWO NOVICES ARE ASSIGNED TO CLEAN THE BATHROOMS
OF THE HOUSE EACH DAY. THE ONE WHO CLEANS THE BOWLS IS CALLED "KING"
OR "REX." THE ONE WHO CLEANS THE SINKS AND MOPS THE FLOORS IS CALLED
"THE PRINCE."

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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UANS APPANA TAIM UAS TRI BERRES: MAMA BERRE, PAPPA BERRE, E BEIBE
BERRE. LIVE INNE CONTRI NIRE FORESTA. NAISE AUSE. NO MOGHEGGIA.
UANNA DEI PAPPA, MAMMA, E BEIBE GO BICE, OLIEL, A FURGHETTE
LOCCHE DI DOOR.
BAI ENNE BAI COMMESE GOLILOCCHESE. SCI GARRA NATTINGHE TO
DU BATTE MEICHE TROBLE. SCI PUSGIE OLLA FUDDE
DAON DI MAUTE. NO LIVE CROMME. DEN SCI GOS APPESTERRESE
ENNE SLIPSE IN OLLE BEDDSE. LEISI SLOBBE.
BAI ENNE BAI COMMESE OMME DI TRI BERRES, OLLE SONNEBRONE
ENNESEND INNE SCIUS. DEI GARRA NO FUDDE! DEI GARRA NO BEDDSE. EN UARA
DEI GOINE DU TU GOLDILOCCHESE? TRO ER AUTE INNA STRIT? COLLE
POLISSEMENNE? FETTE CIENZE!
DEI UAS ITALIEN BERRES, ENNE DES SLIPPE ONNA FLORRE.
GOLDILOCCHESE STEI DERRE TRI UICASE! ITTE AUTE AUSENOMME,
EN GIUSTE BICOSE DEI ISCHE ERRE TU MEICHE DI BEDDSE, SCI SEI "GO TU
ELLE," ENNE RUNNE OMME CRAIN' TU ERRE MAMMA, TELLENERRE AUT
SAINIMABICESE DI TREE BERRESE UER.
UAT-IE-USE? URA GOINE DU? - - -
GO COMPLEINE SITTIOLLE?

TRANSLATION: ONCE UPON A TIME WAS THREE BEARS: MAMA BEAR,
PAPA BEAR, AND BABY BEAR. LIVE IN THE COUNTRY NEAR FOREST.
NICE HOUSE. NO MORTGAGE. ONE DAY PAPA, MAMA, AND BABY GO
BEACH, ONLY THEY FORGET LOCK THE DOOR.
BY AND BY COMES GOLDILOCKS. SHE GOT NOTHING TO DO BUT
MAKE TROUBLE. SHE PUSH ALL FOOD DOWN THE MOUTH. NO LEAVE
CRUMB. THEN SHE GOES UPSTAIRS AND SLEEPS IN ALL BEDS. LAZY
SLOB.
BY AND BY COMES HOME THE THREE BEARS, ALL SUNBURNED AND SAND
IN THEIR SHOES. THEY GOT NO FOOD. THEY GOT NO BEDS. AND WHAT ARE
THEY GOING TO DO TO GOLDILOCKS? THROW HER OUT IN THE STREET?
CALL POLICEMEN? FAT CHANCE!
THEY WERE ITALIAN BEARS, AND THEY SLEEP ON THE FLOOR.
GOLDILOCKS STAYED THERE THREE WEEKS. EAT OUT OF HOUSE & HOME
AND JUST BECAUSE THEY ASK HER TO MAKE THE BEDS, SHE SAY "GO TO
HELL," AND RUN HOME CRYING TO HER MAMA, TELLING HER WHAT
SON OF A BITCH THE THREE BEARS WERE.
WHAT'S THE USE? {WHAT} ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
GO COMPLAIN AT CITY HALL?

James Callow comment: THE ABOVE TRANSLATION IS FURNISHED BY PAC AND JTC.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): LINGUISTIC HUMOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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LAKE ERIE TROUT

AMONG SCUBA DIVERS IN THE AMERICAN SKIN DIVERS ASSOCIATION, THE TERM
"LAKE ERIE TROUT" IS OFTEN REFER TO CARP.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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VOCABULARY

A HOLE IN AN OVERCAST IS CALLED A "SUCKER HOLE."

Submitter comment: YOU DON'T WANT TO GET ON TOP IF YOU CAN'T GET BACK DOWN WITHIN THE
LAW.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR USE THIS TERM.

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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STEPPINGON HEROIN

IN DRUG USER'S PARLANCE, THE CUTTING OF HEROIN IS REFERED TO AS
STEPPING ON IT.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS EXPRESSION USED BY A PERSON WITH ALLEGED MAFIA
CONNECTI0NS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Underworld

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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DRUG TERMS

THE NAME FOR A PERSON DWHO IS A HEROIN ADDICT OF SELLS HEROIN IS
"JUNKIE."

Submitter comment: I'VE JUST HEARD THE TERM FOR QUITE AWHILE {AGO}. {I} DON'T KNOW WHERE
IT COMES FROM.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Underworld

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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UNDERWORLD

"MAN, I DEFINITELY GOT TO MAKE THE bUCK TO getover."

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Underworld

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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BUSINESS SPEECH PATTERN

I WAS TOLD AS A SHOE SALESMAN THAT WHEN TAKING INVENTORY EACH WEEK
TO CALL OUT THE SIZE OF THE SHOE AND THE WIDTH. SIZE 7AA WAS "SEVEN
DUB;" SIZE 6 1/2B; SIX AND HALF BEN;" AND SIZE 9C;" NINE CHARLIE."

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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GROUP SPEECH

THE MARINE CORPS HAS ITS KOWN SPECIAL WORDS FOR MANY THINGS. A PERSON
WHO WEARS GLASSES IS CALLED "FOUR-EYES." A BATHROOM IS A "HEAD." A
RECRUIT WHO DOES ODD JOBS FOR A DRILL INSTRUCTOR IS CALLED A "HOUSE
MOUSE." A RECUIT WHO FAILS TO SHOOT PROFICIENTLY IS A "NON-QUAL."
MANY TERMS ARE DERIVED FROM TERMINOLOGY ON A SHIP. THUS A STAIR-WAY
BECOMES A "LADDER." A DOOR BECOMES A "HATCH." A WALL IS A "BULKHEAD."
A FLOOR OR THE GROUND BECOMES "THE DECK." THERE ARE ALSO CERTAIN
WORDS WHICH ARE TABOO. YOU MUST REFER TO A CERTAIN CLEANING IMPLEMENT
AS A "SWAB" AND NEVER AS A "MOP." YOU SHOOT AT THE TRAGET WITH YOUR
"WEAPON" OR YOUR "RIFLE" BUT WOE TO YOU IF YOU CALL IT YOUR "GUN."

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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PILOT'S VOCABULARY

WHEN AN AIRPLANE IS HOUSED IN A HANGER, IT OFTEN GETS BUMPED AND
SCRATCHED OR DENTED BY BY OTHER PILOT ATTEMPTING TO MOVE AROUND IT.
THE DAMAGED PLANE IS SAID TO HOUSE "HANGER RASH."

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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